Our DS did not get into any Grammar Schools, KEGs 1st choice,WHSB 2nd choice,SHSB 3rd choice. We are appealing on grounds of following extenuating circumstances:
1) Few days prior to his exam he was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) this means it affects his concentration and with medication, he would have done better. His psycologist was carrying out further test and subsequently he has been prescribed medication after his exam. We have psychologist letter supporting this. Also our older children with same condition went to the grammar schools and with medication did well at these schools.
Have the teachers noticed a difference since he started the medication? Have they mentioned this in the letter?
2) He was ill on the day of his exam (i know thats no excuse, he had very bad cough,sneezing, his eyes were watering and it was quite noticeable he was ill), but the alternative date that was on offer, we would be out of the country. should we submit photocopy of his passport showing that we were out of the country?
Don't really think this would help. You are not supposed to send them if they are ill. Presumably the back up date was in term time ?? Not always great to admit you were taking the kids out of school in term time...
3)We have a detailed letter from his school, which his head teacher and form teacher both signed -he is working at level 5+ for all his subjects and his school will support us. He is a very bright boy and his results does not reflect his true ability. Also going to put a copy of latest excellent school report .
Is that enough or anything else i need to submit?
there is quite a bit of info on academic evidence and alternate evidence in the FAQ http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals
If you feel that your son has improved considerably since starting the medication it may be worth considering an Ed Psych report - even is this does not help favourably with the appeal, it may be useful with him starting a new school etc.